Author: Terry Spear
Series: HEART OF THE JAGUAR SERIES
Plot Type: Soul-Mate Romance (SMR)
Ratings: Violence—4; Sensuality—4; Humor—2
Publisher and Titles: Sourcebooks
Savage Hunger (10/2012)
Jaguar Fever (8/2013)
Jaguar Hunt (8/2014)
As usual, the plot is a swirl of scenes in which Melissa and Huntley (always "Huntley," never "Hunt") sneak around the tropical forest tracking down the poachers, avoiding snakes and crocodiles, rescuing animals, and getting shot at—and sometimes hit by—tranquilizer darts and bullets. Spear seems to be stuck in a "twins" rut. She had two sets of twins in the previous book, and now she has two more sets in this one. When Melissa and Huntley rescue a pair of jaguar female cubs, they get stuck with babysitting the little ones while other JAG members send in a covert plane to rescue the babies. While they are holed up in their cabana with the cubs, the partners fall hard for each other and make their new relationship official. (The second pair of twin cubs—also rescued by Melissa and Huntley—are barely incidental to the plot.)
Once the cubs are safely on their way to the U.S., Melissa and Huntley join up with some other agents and go off to rescue the cubs' parents, who have been captured by the primary villain. The rest of the story involves the partners' allowing themselves to be captured so that they can find the parents and then take down the poachers. Even though they are frequently in the isolated depths of the rain forest, they never lose their cell phone signal—highly improbable—so they are always in contact with Martin, their JAG boss, who never fails to bail them out of various dangerous predicaments.
This is another formulaic, predictable story that isn't significantly different in structure from the previous books: Two good-looking, ready-for-romance shifters fall in love, hunt down bad guys, risk their lives for others, and go off into an HEA future. Melissa has some last-minute doubts about her readiness for romantic commitment, but she gets over it very quickly so that the book can head toward its happy ending. By the way, "Huntley" has to be the worst shifter-hero name ever—sounds like a stuffy English lord, not a sexy jaguar. To read an excerpt from Jaguar Pride, click HERE to go to the book's Amazon.com page and then click on the cover art.
NOVEL 2: Jaguar Fever
The book contains several continuity problems that should have been caught in the editing. For example, on p. 836, Maya brings Connor up to date on her adventures at the club with the Pattersons, but she explicitly states that she doesn't tell Connor about the brawl she caused among the unmated male shifters. Then, a few pages later, Connor knows all about the brawl, which should not be possible because they have not had another conversation since she decided not to tell him about it. Later in the story, Connor again possesses information that he shouldn't have, information about a human woman at the club who claims to know something about the smugglers—information Connor claims to have gotten from David. Since Connor hasn't had more than a passing conversation with David when he went to pick up some keys, how could Connor know these nitty-gritty details? I'll probably read the next book in the series, but at this point my expectations are not very high. To read an excerpt from Jaguar Fever, click HERE to go to the book's Amazon.com page and then click on the cover art.
NOVEL 3: Jaguar Hunt